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US Bans the Bulb

December 20, 2007

Source: Environmental Leader, BBC

President Bush signed the energy bill, dubbed the Energy Independence and Security Act, into law this week. It will phase out incandescent light bulbs in the next four to 12 years in favor of compact fluorescents, halogens, and LEDs.

Under the measure, all light bulbs must use 25 percent to 30 percent less energy than today’s products by 2012 to 2014. The phase-in will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, bulbs must be 70 percent more efficient.

“The amount of energy that’s being saved by the light-bulb standard alone is more than has been achieved since 1986 for all appliances combined,” said Earl Jones, senior counsel for General Electric.

Phasing out inefficient lighting will cut US light bulb electricity use by 60 percent by 2020. Philips Electronics estimates that the light bulb standard will slash Americans’ electric bills up to $18 billion annually.

Ireland, China and Australia are also banning the bulb through planned phase-outs.

Don’t wait for 2012; Improve the energy efficiency of your institution now. For sample lighting policies, contract language, savings calculators and a step-by-step guide to choosing the right CFLs see the Responsible Purchasing Guide to Fluorescent Lighting.

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